Mobile World Congress 2022 has started, and we already have news from Samsung, Lenovo, and Huawei. Let’s discuss all the announcements here, and make new threads for new interesting devices. The first MWC related device was spotted by @Desertlap, the first ARM-powered ThinkPad.
In my news feed this morning there was an article on Ars Technica about a new ARM based ThinkPad.
That’s significant for a couple of reasons. First is that the article said that it will be shipping with the new Gen 3 Platform and that once again they are claiming once again " Core i5 levels of performance"
Second is that ThinkPads are Lenovo’s "were serious/committed to this technology " product line.
Additionally the article said it had a 2.35 pound weight and integrated 5g connectivity. Those two will definitely perk interest among certain corporate customers.
However, ARS may have jumped the gun a bit as now when I go to the site, I can’t locate the article.
I suspect that it was pulled due to NDA and the new Thinkpad will likley get announced at MWC in a few days.
Watch this space I guess
PS: The article in my feed showed a picture of the device most prominently running the as of now beta update to Windows 11 with the new more tablet friendly task bar
“Lenovo’s ThinkPad X13s will be the first ThinkPad to use an Arm-based processor … The 8cx Gen 3 is the first 5 nm Windows PC SoC. It has four Arm Cortex-X1 cores at up to 3 GHz and four Cortex-A78 cores at 2.4 GHz.”
0.53 inches thick, 2.35 pounds
49.5 WHr battery, battery life up to 28 hours (local video playback)
13.3" 1920 x 1200 screen (16:10)
2 USB-C Gen 2 slots, a 3.5 mm jack, and a SIM card slot for 5G.
Starting at $1,099, release in May
It’s a conventional laptop design though, no 360 degree hinge or any mention of inking.
Mostly about performance? I do like the 2.35 lbs bit. I’ve handled 2.5 lbs laptops, and that already feels great. Especially after using various 3lbs X1 yogas, and probably moreso after using the 3.8lbs SLS.
I’m also not fully caffeinated yet, because it’s 2.35lbs, not 2.5lbs. No wonder that Ars writes “it had a lighter, cheaper plastic feel to it but also sported a textured matte finish.” When you make laptops that light at 13.3" it tends to get that ‘hollow’ feel, like “this can’t be right, does it even have a battery?”
Personally I’m just happy that MS hasn’t thrown in the towel yet when it comes to ARM. Posted from my Galaxy Book 2.
For something with keyboard it’s not too bad. Dale had made a table of some tablets, and even the iPad Pro 11 is 2.34lbs with the ‘Magic keyboard’ (ugh), so for a 13.3" laptop I’d say 2.35lbs is pretty good!
What is it with Samsung and 360 degree laptops when the Surface detachable form factor is quite popular? Are they trying to preserve the market for their S8 series tablets by not making Surface-like Windows devices?
Anyway, not like I care that much; I’m deeply invested in the Surface line of products.
Not sure if that’s a response to be Fujitsu post, but how can you say that about the kickstand form factor? That’s basically the Surface line and we’ve seen how many companies have come out with imitations of it. I think the problem is that unlike the Surface line, these imitations don’t go all the way to make the experience a great one.